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Pac-12 Rankings: There’s a race brewing ... for second place

The Seahawks on Friday night traded down yet again, gained a late-round pick for Saturday, and selected USC defensive lineman and pass rusher Rasheem Green (94) in the third round of the NFL draft.
The Seahawks on Friday night traded down yet again, gained a late-round pick for Saturday, and selected USC defensive lineman and pass rusher Rasheem Green (94) in the third round of the NFL draft. AP

PAC-12 RANKINGS

1. WASHINGTON (8-1, No. 1 last week)

Last week: Won vs. Oregon, 38-3

This week: Fri. at Stanford

The No. 1 defense in America faces the best running back in the nation.

2. USC (8-2, No. 3)

Last week: Won vs. Arizona, 49-35

This week: Sat. at Colorado

One could argue Auburn or USC is the best two-loss team in the nation.

3. WASHINGTON STATE (8-2, No. 5)

Last week: Won vs. Stanford, 24-21

This week: Sat. at Utah

The receivers – WSU’s Tavares Martin and Utah’s Darren Carrington II – are worth watching Saturday.

4. STANFORD (6-3, No. 2)

Last week: Loss vs. Washington State, 24-21

This week: Fri. vs. Washington

The Cardinal lost their five-game winning streak. Will they go on a two-game losing streak after their game against the Huskies?

5. ARIZONA (6-3, No. 4)

Last week: Loss at USC, 49-35

This week: Sat. vs. Oregon State

Before the loss against the Trojans, the Wildcats’ two previous losses were by a combined nine points.

6. ARIZONA STATE (5-4, No. 6)

Last week: Win vs. Colorado, 41-30

This week: Sat. at. UCLA

It’s looking more and more like the Sun Devils are going to get a chance to meet a certain Mr. Rosen this weekend.

7. UTAH (5-4, No. 10)

Last week: Win at UCLA, 48-17

This week: Sat. vs. Washington State

A four-game losing streak was snapped last week. Now Utes get two consecutive ranked opponents in WSU and UW.

8. OREGON (5-5, No. 7)

Last week: Loss at Washington, 38-3

This week: BYE

A week off could not have come at a better time. The Ducks are left reeling after losing four of their last five games.

9. CALIFORNIA (5-5, No. 11)

Last week: Win vs. Oregon State, 37-23

This week: BYE

The Golden Bears go into their weekend off after coming away with a much-needed win over Oregon State.

10. UCLA (4-5, No. 9)

Last week: Lost at Utah, 48-17

This week: Saturday vs. Arizona State

Josh Rosen or not, this defense has allowed more than 40 points in three of its last four games.

11. COLORADO (5-4, No. 11)

Last week: Loss at Arizona state, 41-30

This week: Saturday vs. USC

Remember when Colorado was contending for the Pac-12 North? Good times.

12. OREGON STATE (1-9, No. 12)

Last week: Lost vs. California

This week: Sat. at Arizona

Is the future brighter? Beavers have the No. 80 recruiting class, per Rivals.

Ryan S. Clark: @ryan_s_clark

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